This thought-provoking piece by Ahmina Akhtar, Social Work England’s Regional Engagement Lead for Yorkshire & the Humber, looks at how her experiences growing up as a woman of colour in the North of England motivated her to challenge inequality and ultimately led her to pursue a career in social work.
Ahmina discusses how the critical reflection and openness to challenge that is a key part of social work best practice can be used to ensure our profession is doing all that it can to combat the inequality and discrimination which are still very much an issue for many people in the UK:
“We still live in an era where I am asked ‘Where are you from? No, where are you REALLY from?’ because of my ethnicity. We need to create the space to discuss the things that make us uncomfortable. In so doing we have opportunity and hope to overturn and change long held beliefs, and unconscious bias.”